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Some gay Republicans see platform setback as sign "victory is near"

A day after their party embedded a tough, anti-same-sex-marriage stance in its official platform — one shared by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — gay Republicans shrugged (virtually) and suggested that the intensity of the intraparty fight over the issue means victory is near.

"When you back someone into a corner, they fight back twice as hard," said Casey Pick of the Log Cabin Republicans, a national organization representing the interests of gays and lesbians.

"The platform is ugly and harmful," she said during a Wednesday gathering of same-sex marriage supporters at a law firm just across the Hillsborough River from the site of this week's Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.

But the stances that include support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and for reinstating a military ban on openly gay Americans may also be hopeful, she insisted, quoting Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

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